The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute 2020 Report
On behalf of the 200 medical professionals and over 1,000 dedicated staff who form the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, we are proud to share some of the many tremendous accomplishments this devoted team has provided our state, region, and nation in 2020. View Report→
We are a leader in advanced cardiac, thoracic, and vascular treatments, innovation, research, and patient care.
We are the largest and most advanced cardiac team in the state, and with more than 20 locations across the state and surrounding regions, we are making it easier for the people of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and beyond to access highly trained experts and quality heart, lung, and vascular care.
From diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and recovery, we are experienced at treating even the most complex heart, lung, and vascular conditions – from congenital heart issues, to heart attacks, to heart transplants, to lung and esophageal diseases, and vascular disease – using state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and both traditional and advanced minimally invasive procedures.
NATIONAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2020-21
Our Lung Surgery program designated as High Performing in the Procedures and Conditions category. In the Procedures and Conditions category, six WVU Medicine hospitals were designated as High Performing in Heart Failure. Read full story→
Three-star (highest) rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Our Thoracic Surgery program earned a distinguished three-star (highest) rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for esophageal cancer patient care and robotic esophagostomy outcomes. The rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute among the elite in the United States and Canada for general thoracic surgery. Read full story→
American Heart Association, 2020 Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.
ECMO Program Nationally Recognized ELSO Center of Excellence Silver Life Support Award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
The award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction, and ongoing clinical care.
Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award
This award from the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation recognizes organizations for a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes in degenerative mitral valve repair resulting from evidence-based guideline treatment. We join a small group of only eight distinguished organizations in the entire country.
DID YOU KNOW…
We were the first in the state to successfully perform some of the latest cutting-edge procedures, including the first to:
- Perform the first fully robotic aortic valve replacement in the northeastern U.S.
- Offer and perform heart transplants, meaning that patients no longer need to leave the state for this life-saving therapy
- Implant a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
- Repair a mitral valve through a tiny incision in the chest using the da Vinci® Surgical System
- Implant the Tendyne Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve and the WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device
- Use the MitraClip® device to repair a leaking mitral valve
- Rebuild an aortic valve using the patient’s own heart lining
- Fix a thoracic aortic aneurysm using the Relay PRO implant
- Successfully perform the Protected TAVR
- Implement SMART Mobile Technology clinics
- Become a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for Adult ECMO program
- Earn a distinguished three-star (highest) rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for esophageal cancer patient care and robotic esophagectomy outcomes
Cardiovascular Innovation and Research
Our surgeons, clinicians, researchers and educators are developing and perfecting innovative techniques that continue to put the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at the forefront of advancing heart health in West Virginia and beyond.
We partner with industry leading organizations, technology leaders and institutions to help find innovations in the way we treat, diagnose and care for patients in rural populations. Our patients are provided the most current diagnostic procedures to detect and evaluate mild to life-threatening heart problems. Learn more about clinical research and it’s impact on patient care →
Our patients also have access to ongoing heart and vascular clinical trials and research studies only available to academic health institutions. View current clinical trials→
Fellowship and Advanced Cardiac Training
The WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery is paving the way through innovation in the field of medicine. We continue on our path of teaching our fellows and serving the West Virginia region.
In addition to our fellowship and imaging science training programs, practicing surgeons come from around the globe to train at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and learn advanced cardiac surgery techniques and procedures from our team of experts.
“Support from our national organizations allows for the exchange of knowledge with colleagues from institutions around the world. It is an honor and privilege to be able to help them learn advanced techniques and take these back to their home institutions. This is rewarding for our teams as well because we are able to also exchange knowledge and techniques in order to continue to provide the most advanced care to the people of West Virginia and surrounding states.”
– Vinay Badhwar, MD
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute surgeons perform the first completely robotic-assisted aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair, and surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation.
The experts at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute conduct ongoing heart and vascular clinical trials and research studies.
Academics & Fellowship Programs
Learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
State-of-the-art facilities and technology
Our state-of-the-art 10-story main campus facility is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Our advanced cardiac care team is able to use the most advanced technology in the state, including state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms, equipment, and current diagnostic procedures to detect, evaluate and treat mild to life-threatening heart problems.
Through partnerships and affiliations with local hospitals and clinics, we bring access to complete comprehensive care for patients across West Virginia, and into surrounding regions, including Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and beyond. It is also our privilege to work with community providers and help provide advanced care for their patients.